Friday, March 3, 2017

The need to redefine corporate workplace culture to make room for women - VOGUE

by Kavita Singh 
Originally published: March 2, 2017

“You’ll be branded as a firm that only takes on social work.” “Clients won’t take you seriously.” “It’s just not possible—no other firm does it this way.

Even though all her well wishers told her that it was unworkable, in 2013, Payal Chawla decided to start JusContractus, a full service law firm with corporate, arbitration, civil and criminal litigation practices with policies that were completely counter to what was considered the norm at law firms across the world.

She decided to hire only women and establish 10 a.m. to 6.30 pm Monday through Friday as working hours, which enabled women to not only engage in serious commercial work and be productive but also to take care of their homes and family. Doing so, she’s being able to attract talented lawyers to join her. Her team is motivated to work more efficiently during office hours, knowing that they can go home, spend time with their families and log in to work at night, once the kids are asleep, if needed.